06 Feb 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Tanzania: Obstructions to LGBT Health, Rights
By Human Rights Watch, 06 Feb 2020

(Nairobi) – The government of Tanzania’s health policies deny adequate services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and others who are particularly vulnerable to HIV, jeopardizing public health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Tanzania should reverse these policies, end arbitrary arrests of LGBT people, and ban forced anal examinations that are used as spurious evidence of homosexual conduct. The 112-page report, “‘If We Don’t Get Services We Will Die’: Tanzania’s Anti-LGBT Crackdown and the Right to Health,” documents how since 2016 the government of Tanzania has cracked down on LGBT people and the community-based organizations that serve them. 


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Polish 'LGBTI-free zones' not ok, says EU commission
Bu EUObserver, 05 Feb 2020

The European Commission has spoken out against towns in Poland that have labelled themselves "free" from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex communities (LGBTI). "We cannot allow the distribution of LGBTI free zone stickers, or the adoption of anti-LGBTI resolutions and not feel responsible for the next phase where physical attacks that take place, even if they are then carried out by other people," said EU commissioner for equality, Helena Dalli. Speaking on Tuesday (4 February) at the European Parliament in Brussels, Dalli said the commission would make advancing LGBTI rights a priority for the next five years, noting that six EU states provide no recognition for same sex couples.


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Healthcare for trans people in Ireland ‘inadequate’ – European report
By The Irish Times, 04 Feb 2020

Healthcare for trans Irish people has been described as “inadequate” by an international report into the human rights of LGBTI people across Europe. Concern about the inability of Irish people under 16 years of age to be legally recognised as trans was also expressed in the annual review of ILGA-Europe. The umbrella body, which represents 600 organisations from across Europe and Central Asia, is an advocacy group promoting the rights of the LGBTI community. The review also highlights the need for legislation which would enable LGBTI couples to register as parents when a child is born through surrogacy. Gay and lesbian asylum seekers face “double isolation and marginalisation” in the direct provision system, it also warns.


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Gender reassignment treatments for young people to get expert review
By The Guardian, 02 Feb 2020

The use of hormone treatments for young people who want to undergo gender reassignment is to be examined by experts, it has emerged. The announcement by NHS England comes just weeks after the start of a landmark legal challenge to the prescribing of drugs to delay puberty. The case has been brought against the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trust, which runs the UK’s only gender-identity development service (GIDS). The current clinical policies related to the use of hormone treatments will now be examined by a group headed by Dr Hilary Cass, a former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The NHS said it was part of a planned review of gender identity development services for children and young people in 2020. It will publish findings later this year.


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New Tennessee Law Deepens Discrimination Against LGBT People
By Human Rights Watch, 28 Jan 2020

Tennessee has just become the latest US state to let taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies operate under their own religious or moral beliefs – even if this means discriminating against prospective parents or jeopardizing the best interests of children. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, single parents, and religious minorities have faced problems trying to adopt or foster children in the US because some agencies will only place kids with heterosexual parents of a particular faith – a discriminatory practice.


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